Ahead of the May 29 inauguration, President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to ensure even distribution of security chiefs, ministerial and other appointments to all groups and regions of the country in his second term.
The appeal was made by Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA), the legislative arm of Arewa Youths Forum, during the group’s rally in Abuja on Thursday.
Buhari has been accused of favouring people from his northern region and Islamic faith in his first term appointments, especially in the appointment of the security chiefs.
But the Arewa youths appealed to Buhari not to give enemies of the country any opportunity to ferment trouble, by ensuring he appoints people who are competent and will also represent the various regions and groups in the country.
Mohammed Salihu Danlami, who spoke for the group told newsmen, that “What the nation requires is mature nationalistic leadership that will accommodate all Nigerians and provide an all-inclusive fair treatment for all the divergent groups in the country on the basis of equality and fairness to everybody.
“As we approach the evenings of this tenure and are set for the commencement of the second tenure, we cannot but lend our voices to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that enemies of our collective forward voyage as a nation are not given any excuse to embark on their adversarial stock in trade.
“It is on this note that we herein use this medium to call on Mr. President to ensure the even distribution of appointments in the next government that will be formed post-May 29th. Appointments in the Security Services, Ministerial Positions, Headship of Agencies and all such related appointments which require the intervention of the President.”
The youth also asked Buhari not to listen to those who would advised him to base his appointments based on the number of votes he got from each state and region.
Danlami said, “We are not unaware of the fact that those who thrive at dissent and national division are already spinning their yarn of misdirection and calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to make appointments based on the votes he got from the respective States and Regions.
“This position is totally antithetical to national integration, cohesion and unity. We, therefore, call on President Buhari to discountenance such negative calls that are not in the interest of the nation and ensure that these appointments are distributed equitably across the geopolitical zones on the basis of merit.
“An even spread of appointments is the surest key to national unity as this will silence the voice of those calling for secession.”